When Barack Obama was first inaugurated as president in 2009, post-partisanship was the buzzword. But if the 2012 election did not quash the dream of politicians working together for the good of the country, the last-minute negotiations to save the country from the so-called fiscal cliff surely did. Read More
Immigration reform is an innately thorny subject. It forces lawmakers to balance the interests of immigrants and employers interested in filling jobs with the fears of citizens who believe immigrants deprive Americans of opportunities.
Efforts to reform immigration take an absurd turn when one side lobbies for greater admission of one small class of workers, but that we should crack down on all the rest. Read More
Despite the passage of a congressional amendment to strip future federal funds from San Francisco’s Central Subway project, Muni is moving forward with the plan as scheduled. Read More
The proposed federal transportation bill in the House of Representatives that has alarmed local transit agencies was delayed Wednesday by Republican leaders. Read More
A new school year has reinvigorated Washington’s debate on the best way to improve education in America. There is widespread agreement that the status quo is not working, and lasting reforms are vital to the future prosperity of our children. Read More
A Republican appropriations bill introduced Thursday in the House of Representatives would strip Muni of $942 million for its Central Subway project, the latest potential threat to the proposed rail line.
The bill must survive several votes in the GOP-controlled House and then secure the buy-in of the Democratically dominated Senate. But if passed as written, completion of the SOMA-to-Chinatown rail extension would seem in jeopardy. Read More
On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act by a vote of 225 to 195. Last month a bipartisan coalition in Congress introduced the act reauthorizing the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which bolsters a burgeoning choice movement nationwide. Powerful opponents, unfortunately, don’t want students in the nation’s capital to SOAR. Read More
Among Muhammad Ali's many formidable weapons in the ring was his famous "rope-a-dope" in which he went into a defensive crouch and allowed his opponent to throw punch after punch, round after round. Sooner or later, the opponent would tire, make a mistake and Ali would pounce, often landing a knockout punch. Read More
Rush Limbaugh led off his program today by commending Sen. Marco Rubio’s refusal to vote for another continuing resolution keeping the government going for three more weeks with $2 billion a week in cuts. Read More
Opposition to another stop-gap continuing resolution is growing as Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, has announced that he will vote against such a proposal.
"We were elected to make bold changes to federal spending and to reverse our unsustainable deficits," Huelskamp said. Read More